In life we face moral dilemmas all the time. Some of these very dilemmas happen in the work place. A moral dilemma is like being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Essentially it is trying to choose an outcome that is the lesser of two evils. It is picking the better choice of two wrongs. Any one who has ever been faced with these types of issues knows that choosing a solution that causes the least damage is frustrating and can be an extremely complicated task. It is always best to analyze the situation and identify the pros and cons of the solutions before making a decision.
A few years ago I was hired in a warehouse as a pick and pack employee. In this position, I helped two people get a job at this company, a very close friend of mine and my cousin. I did my job and I liked it. I wanted to learn other positions, so I was cross trained. I was reliable, my work ethic propelled me forward and I soon became a floor supervisor. With my new title I was now over my cousin and friend. As a supervisor I created work schedules and executed plans and teams to get various jobs done. Eventually the economy took a dip and like so many other companies we felt it. Production wasn’t producing as much work and we needed to lay of people. First it was the part timers, and then we had to make more cuts.
This is where my moral dilemma comes into play; I had to lay off people. I had to follow orders from my manager, but I was empathetic to my family and friend. I had to make the decision to lay off my friend or my cousin. Growing up I was taught that family sticks together and you always have your friends back, but now I couldn’t do both.
First, I didn’t want to choose between the two, second, I didn’t know which to even choose. I felt like I would be letting someone down. I talked to my manager and asked if the lay offs were necessary, and there were. I talked to him about possibly making the one full time position two part time positions. I...
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